One of my favorite Christian rappers is KB an artist out of my home state of Florida. In one of his songs, “Undefeated”, he says, “the worst punch in the one you don’t see.” It made for a great punchline but it is definitely true. I remember how my boxing coach emphasized how devastating an unexpected punch can be.
An unseen punch is dangerous because you have no way to prepare for it. When you see a punch headed toward your mid-section you can block, move, or if it’s too late, you tighten your abs and brace for impact. If that same punch finds its desired target and the recipient is unprepared, the effects can be devastating. In everyday life, we are hit with punches, trials, and tribulations that have the potential to knock us off of our feet. The way to avoid being knocked off of our feet is to always be ready.
Ephesians 5:15 – 16 tells us to pay attention and not to waste time because the days are evil. The warning that Paul gives us tells us we have to always be on guard because our opponent, the Enemy, has planned an evil day. Every minute, every second is an opportunity for him to attack us and we have to be ready. In competition, we train and prepare so that we will not be overwhelmed by our opponent. This principle holds true no matter the sport you are competing in. The same holds true in the competition for our souls. If we realize that we are in a fight we have a much better chance of winning it.
I remember watching a video where they talked about the state of American education and how we are falling behind other countries. One of the speakers on the video explained that he believed most American students didn’t realize they were in competition with the rest of the world. They were satisfied with the fact that they were better in comparison to their American classmates. This puts American students at a huge disadvantage because there is no way to prepare for an opponent in a competition that you don’t realize you are in. This is also true in our Christian walk. We have to be cognizant of the fact that there is an enemy who has strategically planned an evil day for us. Filled with trials and tribulations. As we prepare for this upcoming week we should all remember these verses.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV